Primer and Punishment by Diane Kelly
A House-Flipper Mystery, #5
Published: Feb. 21, 2023 – St. Martin’s Press
Review galley courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley
Cousins Whitney and Buck are house-flippers embarking on a project unlike any they’ve done before: a houseboat. All that’s needed are a new motor, generator and cosmetic updates that can be done in a few weeks. That is a good thing since Buck is getting married soon. Easy-peasy, right? So it seems until an incident involving the boat in the adjacent slip throws a wrench into Whitney and Buck’s construction plan.
Without spoiling by going into the specific crime I’ll just say this was an interesting and fun cozy. I enjoyed the different directions the plot took which kept me on my toes. I also appreciated the possible suspects/red herrings added into the mix.
I got to the point where I gave up trying to solve the crime and just enjoyed the ride to the solution. Honestly, that is the way it usually works out for me, ha. I think fans of the series will love the book. It’s the first I’ve had the pleasure to read and I didn’t feel lost.
About the author:
A former tax advisor, Diane Kelly inadvertently worked with white-collar criminals more than once. Not surprisingly, Diane decided self-employment would be a good idea. Her fingers hit the keyboard and thus began her Death and Taxes romantic mystery series. A graduate of her hometown’s Citizen Police Academy, Diane Kelly also writes the hilarious K-9 cop Paw Enforcement series, the Busted female motorcycle cop series, and the House Flipper cozy mystery series. 2021 marked the debut of her new Southern Homebrew moonshine series and her Mountain Lodge Mysteries with The Moonshine Shack Murder and Getaway with Murder.
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